October 12, 2018 – Beginning on Monday, Oct. 15, Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park will be closed to all traffic for the rest of 2018.
That means tourists will not be able to drive from the Yellowstone Lake area to Cody, Wyoming. Drivers coming from Cody and through the East Entrance will only be able to drive as far as Yellowstone Lake’s Sedge Bay, weather permitting.
That means to enter the rest of the park, drivers traveling from the Cody area will want to use the Northeast Entrance via Cooke City during the closure.
Cody and Park County officials rebelled last year when the Park Service initially called for a Sept. 1 road closure and compromised with the Oct. 15 date.
Last week the Fishing Bridge General Store and the RV campground were already closed. There was a beehive of construction activity around the buildings. Asphalt had been peeled from the road, leaving a mix of dirt, mud and gravel to drive over.
There were flagmen stationed in the area halting cars for periods and there was no sign of wildlife in the vicinity.
The National Park Service is planning repairs to Yellowstone National Park’s Fishing Bridge that will mean delays this summer and shut down traffic for the winter on the park’s eastern access road about three weeks earlier than normal later this year.
On Nov. 5 all roads in the park will close at 8 a.m. except the road between Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, and Cooke City, which stays open all winter.